I’m in plain type; my interlocutors are in italics. The events of the last two months in the Church here have been “interesting”… that’s NOT a good thing…
However, NEVER call it the Eastern Ukraine… call it the Donbass or Novorossiya… otherwise, to call it “Ukrainian” gives legitimacy to the junta’s invasion. Holy Rus is under attack… it behoves all Orthodox to get with it and SUPPORT the Orthodox side. Yet, we don’t… there are traitors in both OCA and ROCOR… Potapov, Vassa Larina, Kishkovsky & daughter, Serge Schmemann, Jillions (not to mention Dreher, Freddie M-G, Mattingly, and Reardon)… to name a few.
Did you notice Mollard in Armenia? A friend of mine at the Centre said that Peredelkino paid for it. They had him sitting next to Rostislav Gont, the Czech white hat (there was no caption, but it was obvious to all those in the know). NO PICTURES of Mollard with Varsonufy Sudakov, the MP Chancellor, who’s the third man in the MP Troika (Mark Golovkov, V A Chaplin, and Varsonufy). Mollard and Gont were there to utz the Greeks (who don’t like the OCA or the Czechs).
Viewed from Moscow, what is the OCA? How can they be used against Bart before the Council?
HH will use them to scupper the “Sobor”… them and the Czechs. He’ll demand that the Phanar seat them and when they don’t… you do see that. The OCA isn’t useful in and of themselves. They’re a token in the game of Strip Poker that Bart and HH are playin’… Bart’s down to his socks and skivvies. HH will have him buck-ass naked before the Orthodox world before he’s done with him. These two hate each other… make no mistake on that. Bart’s weakness amplifies his spleen and bile. Stay tuned…
There’s nothing on antiochian.org on any letter from Metropolitan Joseph authorising priests not to sign marriage licences. Have you heard anything? My Toledo friends haven’t… most of them are incensed that this Anglo shit did what he did. GRANDSTANDING.
I’m starting to call those people “Convertadox”… They haven’t really converted…
A friend of mine in Moscow wrote, “You don’t go picking fights with the authorities. That’s martyrdom seeking, which the Church condemns. The state isn’t asking him to sign off on gay marriage. What’s his problem? Why cause controversy when you don’t have to?” There it is, “Why cause controversy when you don’t have to”… that’s one way the Church outlasted the Reds. It “knew when to fold ’em” (you don’t fight everything).
Reardon needs attention. God forbid, he be ignored. I bet you most of that scum are just angry because they can’t be Bishops. Its power and control… nothing to do with Christianity… Reardon tried to control his parishioners’ lives… the old Babas would smack him upside the head… we need some Babas.
This seems to be [Reardon’s] individual decision, NOT something mandated by the Antiochians. “Reardon noted that his church’s national leader, while not directly addressing the marriage-license issue, sent a pastoral letter to his bishops, clergy and laypeople noting that marriage debates cannot be avoided”. However, someone’s gearing up for the long haul, here’s the web site. It certainly is one way to deflect questions about bookkeeping in the Antiochian Archdiocese. As for the “March for Marriage” event yesterday, supporters claimed 10,000 showed up. However, “Social media photos suggested attendance may have been decidedly lower than Bothwell’s estimate” (see this).
I’ve heard rumours that Reardon is expected to retire sometime this year. My theory with this grandstanding is that he wants to go out on a “high point”. I do agree with you that civil and religious marriage should be separate.
I think that he’s trying to get thrown out… so he can exit as a martyr. I’m gathering intel for a second post. One Arab priest is INCENSED, “How dare he fuck up Sayedna’s efforts to be united”… so, it hit me… Reardon is trying to exit as a “martyr”. Keep your distance from this one, dear… it smells like nothing but trouble to me.
I bet the Arab priests as a whole will be pissed. Oh, I’m keeping my distance, to be sure. I’ll definitely be interested in what intel you come up with. It’s very interesting reading the comments on various blogs addressing this. I wonder when Reardon issued the original statement to his parish. It appears he barely got through Easter and Holy Week. If he issued it during Bright Week, holy crap. Doesn’t a priest have better things to think about during Bright Week?
It’s time… Unity is within our grasp… if we reach for it… but shall we?
We mustn’t discount the Holy Ghost which has directed the Church *despite* the plans of experts and leaders. ;-)
I think that the upcoming (abortive) all-Orthodox Sobor may become a catalyst. At the Armenian memorial this year, Varsonofy Sudakov brought not only Mollard, but some ROCOR people too. It looks like the Centre is going to the wall for the Czechs and for the OCA… and the Centre is ALL about UNITY. The buzz that I hear is that the Centre wants a “new ROCOR” of the present ROCOR, the MP parishes, and the healthy parts of the OCA… with Mark Golovkov wearing the white hat as First Hierarch. Ilarion Kapral would keep the white hat and head Australasia… Mollard would keep the white hat and “head” the USA (the present MP bishop would be his vicar and commissar). All parties would get a piece of the pie. This isn’t set in stone, but it’s the most plausible of the stories out there.
I’ve heard much the same.
BIG-TIME BUZZ at the Centre that they won’t go to the upcoming Sobor at the Phanar without the OCA and the Czechs (in Armenia, Gont was next to Mollard… all my sources tell me that Peredelkino paid for both of ’em to be there with Varsonofy (who insisted that Mollard be there)). This isn’t set in stone. Did you see that one of the reasons that Metropolitan Isaiah may be in trouble with the GOAA is that he allowed priests to preach in favour of the Tollhouses? Now, New Skete and Jordanville can AGREE on something! DON’T LAUGH… some people at the Centre do want a patch-up of the old ROCOR elements with the OCA… it seems that they mistrust converts like Reardon, Whiteford, and Freeman… stay tuned.
Very interesting Buzz. I hope it proves to be true, I’m tired of the Phanar acting like the Papacy of the East.
Gnarly shit, ain’t it? Nobody in the States wants to say the obvious. The Centre isn’t telling ROCOR “no” on sainthood for Rose… they’re giving it the old Pravoslavny Stall… “Next year… we’ll think about it”. What’d think on St Sergius in effect closing down? Betcha that the cast of suspects will end at SVS…
I hope the Centre keeps on “thinking about it”. Well, as for the Parisians, they don’t have too many other choices, but I don’t know if they have anyone left there that SVS would want, or could afford.
No news for a long time… then, a torrent. I’ll be honest; we need five good years of NO NEWS AT ALL. I think that you know what i mean!
I definitely know what you mean!
We were going good after Fats got the gate… now, it’s all going to hell at once. Pass the jug… and back to work.
I’m glad he’s gone but I imagine ROCOR won’t put up with Jonah’s bullshit… I wonder what they’ll do with him… continue to let him swan around DC?
Look at what Ilarion did with that bunch of dippy nuns in Maryland. They wouldn’t obey him… he didn’t argue with them, he simply pulled their antimins and was done with them. The same here. If Fatso roils the water, Ilarion will either rusticate him to a monastery or throw him out tout suite. Good riddance to bad rubbish. ROCOR is a real church, after all.
Haven’t had as much interesting personal correspondence in a while, as the Church situation had settled down to “no news”… a situation that I (and many others) heartily approved of. Now, Reardon’s insubordination and rebellion is going to roil the waters big time. I’m not going to discuss “gay marriage”… the only important issue is that Reardon made policy without his bishop’s OK explicit OK… that’s blasphemous, in Church terms. The sooner that he’s kicked out, the better (even though all it’d do is to make him a “martyr” in the eyes of the Pretendodox).